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The ABC debate: the ABC must innovate

Without the freedom to innovate, the ABC will just become the commercial media’s shadow, writes Margaret Simons

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Albo finally weighs into press freedom — but it’s more complicated than you think

The debate over jailing journalists who reveal ASIO’s covert operations is welcome but missing some context — and it’s not the biggest threat to media freedom on the agenda.

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What’s behind the sudden furore on jailed journalists?

Why are some mainstream media journalists suddenly so unhappy about the government’s national security laws? Because they feel like they’re collateral damage in a broader war.

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‘The pay deal is terrible’: Fairfax journos lose money but keep their grades

Fairfax’s union members have finally negotiated an EBA with management, swallowing “lousy” pay increases for the ability to maintain their conditions.

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Star Observer‘s cost woes worsen as journalist claims underpayment

A journalist at Australia’s oldest gay publication has claimed he was underpaid for his work, but the Star Observer says he was a contractor.

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Sub-hub Pagemasters’ jilted bride could come back to haunt

Outsourced subediting company Pagemasters walked away from a deal with an Asian consortium. It’s now looking for other Australian suitors — Pagemasters might come off second-best in the competition.

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A ‘privatised’ ABC wouldn’t be worth anything

Crikey readers talk black boxes and what might happen to the ABC.

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The age of consent: journalists’ ethics in natural disasters

Do journalists need consent from people before interviewing them or taking an image of them? Dr Denis Muller at The Citizen draws on research in the aftermath of Black Saturday to map out a workable ethical standard.

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Don’t look now, but here’s some good news for journalism

You’ve heard the doom and gloom about the future of journalism. Well here’s some good news — venture capitalists are investing in quality content, due to a ‘perfect storm’ of favourable conditions. And they’re not planning to lose money.

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Hold the front page: is investigative reporting making a comeback?

Newsrooms are contracting, and there is less money to fund journalism. So investigative reporting must also be suffering. On the contrary, writes Andrea Carson at The Citizen.

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What a report about Aboriginal health can teach journalism

Lessons from a report on Aboriginal health issues can be transferred to journalism.

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The bespoke, luxury world of AFR chief Michael Stutchbury

The Australian Financial Review’s retreat into an élite outlet by big business appears complete. Take Michael Stutchbury’s latest weird missive to readers, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Lessons for the auto industry

Crikey readers have their say on Holden, auto subsidies and journalism prizes.

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The anti-wind farm spin

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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As journalism jobs go, how will graduates find work?

With the mainstream media shedding jobs, but universities bumping up their numbers of journalism students, where will these fresh-faced wannabe Lois Lanes find work? Freelance writer Kylar Loussikian looks at the numbers.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer is not impressed by menu jokes and other misogyny. Plus other political views noted along the way.

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Greek tragedy: broadcaster shut down as crisis worsens

Remember Greece? We’ve heard a lot about Cyprus in recent times, but Greece is still a basket case and going from bad to worse.

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What’s wrong with journalism (and why you shouldn’t study it)

Crikey’s senior journalist joined a panel in Sydney last night with Mike Carlton, Judith Whelan and Sally Neighbour to discuss the murky divide between news and opinion in the digital age. Here’s what he said …

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Mostly angry: PolitiFact Australia’s baptism by firestorm

PolitiFact Australia’s launch has been marred by controversy over one of the site’s first rulings. Was Labor wrong to say penalty rights can’t be “stripped away”?

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‘Bend over, lift your balls!’: Tony Barrass on journos in jail

Former WA bureau chief of The Australian Tony Barrass reflects on his time in jail for protecting his sources, as five of his colleagues are facing the same fate.

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Can digital save US newspapers? Maybe, says new report

The American newspaper industry is in crisis. But the peak industry body has a novel way of putting a positive spin on the dire numbers — it stopped reporting them.

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Top gay publisher on life support as ATO chases cash

Court proceedings to wind up the publisher of some of Australia’s most iconic gay and lesbian publications have begun, write Matthew Knott and Miles Heffernan.

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Leadership long haul: can journos last three weeks? You bet

There’s no escaping the leadership focus of the print media: it’s one of the few remaining ways it can engage consumer interest. There was a flood of it in Fairfax papers today.

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Lies and propaganda: property media standards going, going, gone

Coverage of real estate is dreadful, says property writer Terry Ryder. Organisations with vested interests pump out propaganda press releases and so-called journalists recycle them. No questions asked.

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2012 Crikeys: the best and worst journalism this year

From the sublime to the ridiculous, Crikey hands out awards for the best and worst journalism in a year which brought us various media reviews, the usual fare from The Australian … and a very high-profile prank call.

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